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Ex-boxer Garron is back, now working full time as a bodyguard and rent collector and struggling with both his wrecked past and his bleak future. Working for shady businessmen and criminals, he's trying to stay one step out of their life and make sense of his own. But at a time when Garron sees a possible way out of his troubles, one small job starts to escalate out of control and betrayal by friends and manipulation by enemies sees him dragged into a world of unlicensed fights and shotgun robberies, a world where he is pulled into confrontation with career criminal Adam Hillier, a world in which Hillier walks unchallenged. It is another man's world.
'Enter the dark underbelly of London for a story of one man's fight against steep odds
Garron is about as unorthodox a
hero as you can get. An ex-boxer who could have gone pro, he was unfortunate
enough to suffer a career-limiting injury to his wrist. A glittering
career in the boxing ring over, Garron has resorted to the rent collecting
business and part-time bodyguard for some of London’s more dubious tourists. He’s
not exactly a good guy and you get the feeling that he’s on the
edge waiting to fall into the murky underworld that seems to be his only
truth about books
Reviews for previous books by Joe Stein
‘A book that will stay with you long after you finish reading’
‘Stein writes with real class and has created a devastatingly credible and hugely desirable character in Garron’
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About the Author
Joe Stein was born in London in the 1960s and educated (just about) in North London. His first job was in a scrap-yard, stripping copper out of electrical cables. He left there before it was raided by Customs and Excise and has been trying to stay out of trouble ever since.
He admits to being an ex-musician and sometime amateur boxer and won't say much else. He has worked in factories, warehouses, markets, spent two days on a building site before he realised it wasn’t the place for anyone with even mild vertigo and worked for over ten years in security and as a bodyguard, luckily getting married and being told to get a ‘proper’ job before the government decided to license the security industry. His training manual for bodyguards is now therefore out of date and a collectors’ item.
He always wanted to try to write and although his first book took many years to complete, he now has four novels and a dozen short stories to his name.
He still lives in North London and has a full time day job to fit around the rest of his life.
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